Athletics

Jeffs Score Four Unanswered Goals in 6-2 Win at Colby

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Megan Curry '11 scored two goals and assisted on another during a 6-2 win at Colby.

WATERVILLE, ME – The top-ranked Amherst College women’s ice hockey team scored four unanswered goals in a 6-2 win at Colby College to remain unbeaten in conference play. The Lord Jeffs improve to 12-1-4 overall and hold on to sole possession of first place with an 8-0-3 NESCAC record, while the Mules fall to 2-12-5 (0-8-3 NESCAC).

Amherst held a 2-0 lead at the 4:55 mark of the first period, but Colby cut its deficit in half before the first intermission. The Mules would tie things up in the first minute of the second period, but the Jeffs regained the lead 21 seconds later and scored the game’s final four goals to increase their unbeaten streak against Colby to eight games (7-0-1).

Junior forward Megan Curry (Shorewood, MN) scored two goals and assisted on another to lead Amherst, with senior Alyssa Chwick (Purchase, NY) adding two assists and first-year Geneva Lloyd (Calgary, Alberta) scoring her first collegiate goal to go along with her 14th helper of the season.

The Jeffs held a 46-16 advantage in shots, as junior Caroline Hu (Cerritos, CA) made 14 saves for Amherst and Loni Pisani stopped 40 shots for the Mules. Amherst’s unbeaten streak in regular season NESCAC play increased to 53 games (44-0-9).

Senior Molly Malloy (Stamford, CT) opened the scoring just two minutes and nine seconds into the contest, with Lloyd assisting Curry for the game’s second goal just 2:46 later. Colby’s Marissa Simmons would score the final goal of the first period and the first goal of the second stanza to tie things up at 2-2.

Junior tri-captain Courtney Hanlon (Fullerton, CA) continued her hot streak by breaking the tie 1:06 into the second period, giving her eight goals and three assists during Amherst’s eight-game unbeaten streak. Fellow tri-captain Kirsten Dier ’10 (Appleton, WI) made it a 4-2 game with 3:29 to play in the second frame courtesy of assists from sophomore Emily Vitale (Cheshire, CT) and Curry.

Senior forward Kate Dennett (Highlands Ranch, CO) inched closer to 100 points by assisting Lloyd 8:59 into the final period, giving the tri-captain 39 goals and 54 assists for her career. The game’s final goal came off the stick of Curry with only 32 seconds remaining in regulation.

The Jeffs and Mules will wrap up their season series Saturday at 3 p.m. in Waterville, Maine.

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